National Geographic magazine was first published in October 1888. In 2014, Susan Goldberg became the 10th editor of the magazine and the first ever woman.
She is also the first Jewish editor in chief of the magazine. With Goldberg in charge, it won a National Magazine Award for best website and the George Polk Award for reporting. Goldberg received the 2015 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award.
In January 2017, the National Geographic published an issue which explored gender issues, “Gender Revolution”. The edition was shortlisted for a Pulitzer prize, for “a deep and sensitive exploration of gender worldwide, using remarkable photography, moving video and clear writing to illuminate a subject that is at once familiar and misunderstood”. It received considerable media attention, prompting many comments from readers which Goldberg responded to. In 2018 “Gender Revolution” won the Best News and Politics and Best Cover Readers’ Choice awards in the ASME Cover Contest.
In 2017, the Washingtonian Magazine selected Goldberg as one of Washington’s most powerful women. She is a board member of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She is also on the board of the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington.